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Rockfish Torquay

The Torquay branch of Rockfish combines sublime location with beautiful seafood to create a convivial atmosphere. Situated on the banks of Torquay Harbour, the views really are special; aim to book a table for around 6pm to enjoy a sunset stroll around the quay after dinner. I’ll admit it – I’m not a great fan of seafood but found a good range on offer at Rockfish with something to suit all appetites and tastes. I started with delicious salt and pepper prawns whilst James had the calamari. The children were given an activity bag on arrival, which was a nice touch. The pack included stickers, crayons, a workbook and even a wallet. These packs are included in the £6.95 cost of a kids meal consisting of a main, side and dessert. Jasmine chose the beef burger as she refuses to eat seafood and Sonny had the fish fingers. For our mains, we adults opted for the fish and chips – I had cod and James chose haddock. I also added mushy peas and curry sauce to …

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Carluccio’s Exeter

We are very fortunate to be spending Easter with Cofton Holidays in Starcross, South Devon; a beautiful spot beside the River Exe. This evening, we ventured into nearby Exeter to sample the delights of Carluccio’s at Princesshay, a modern, sprawling open-air shopping centre. Having never been to a branch of Carluccio’s before today, I suppose I was expecting something fairly standard in terms of Italian chain restaurants. What was delivered, however, was rather more authentic – the staff, the wine list, the ingredients, they were all properly Italian. The menu was a little more what we elaborately referred to as grown up than a number of other places we have eaten at with the children, providing no real “safe” options such as pizza, chips or chicken nuggets. I can see why this might be attractive to most customers – it’s always nice to get the kids eating similar things to the adults, after all. Not so great for fussy eaters though and it certainly presented a problem for Sonny who refused all of the food …

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Drake and Morgan at King’s Cross

Towards the end of the summer holidays, we spent a day in London. It was a mixed bag with strange weather and slightly (very) hyperactive children; we visited the Tower for the first time, then headed to King’s Cross for lunch. Drake and Morgan is a short walk from the tube station; bright, open and airy, arranged over two floors. We were seated in the corner of the ground floor, by the window. On a humid day, the open kitchen on this level offered no relief, which was a little uncomfortable. On the lower ground floor, where the spectacular toilets were also situated, it was much cooler, seemingly air conditioned. We chose drinks whilst perusing the food menu, my friend and I opting for cocktails from Drake and Morgan’s extensive range.    The children’s menu appeared to be a little lacking in the vegetable department (though salad was available in place of chips), not that this bothered my two! They both chose sausages, one with mash and one with chips – it would have been …

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Bella Italia, Baker Street

Italy is home to a number of my very favourite meals, and pizza restaurants are some of the few that we can eat at as a family (the boy is still limited by his hugely fussy palate). However, when we were invited to review the newly refurbished Bella Italia in Baker Street, London, I was a little unsure as to how well they would cater to us as a foursome, having never visited before. I needn’t have worried; from the moment we arrived, the children were addressed directly and catered for amply. The treats began with a free funky straw with each individual bottle of squash, which I found a lovely touch, and the children thought was brilliant.    Another pleasant surprise was the range of dishes on the children’s menu; all too often, we find the same meals again and again, but the Bella Italia menu was a delight. Not only were there lots of foods to choose from but there was also a variety of sizes to suit children of all ages and …

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The New Beefeater Spring Menu

On Tuesday, Beefeater launched a new menu in time for spring, full of all the classics plus some new dishes with exciting twists, such as the chicken, bacon and avocado burger. We were invited to visit the Crossbush in Arundel to sample some of the new flavours and see what we thought. On top of a new menu, the Crossbush was sporting a new look, which gave a lovely relaxed feel to the evening.   We were greeted by our waitress, Jo, who was so kind and friendly throughout our visit. She fetched the children some paper and crayons to keep them occupied until their food arrived, asked them their names and chatted and laughed with them all evening. Miss J remarked (on more than one occasion): “She is very nice!”   We decided that it would be rude not to order starters and chose garlic bread, potato dippers and garlic mushrooms. My potato dippers were beautifully presented and full of flavour.   One of the new menu options is a sharing platter of loaded …